New School Year Kicks Off at Asbury – Asbury University
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August 15, 2016

Faculty in academic regalia singing onstage
Dr. Glen Flanigan ’82 leads music during Academic Convocation.

WILMORE, Ky. — In full academic regalia, Asbury University’s faculty processed through Hughes Auditorium, took their seats on stage and faced students during Academic Convocation on Monday. Kicking off the school year, the service served as a visual reminder of Asbury’s distinctive approach to education. 

“The presence of the whole campus community, the faculty processing in, dressed in their academic regalia, the singing and charge from the President combine to create visual representation of Asbury University’s purpose — Academic Excellence and Spiritual Vitality,” said Provost Jon Kulaga. “Both parts are essential to an effective opening convocation in order to set the correct academic tone, but always within in the context of a Christian worldview and a Christian community of learners.”

At Asbury, learning encompasses much more than knowledge. During Academic Convocation, President Sandra C. Gray encouraged students to remember the importance of gaining wisdom, as well.

“Your education will be incomplete if all you gain is knowledge,” Gray said. “You must open your heart, along with your mind, to seek the wisdom that is from above.”

Faculty in robes posing for a photo
Dr. Kevin Brown (holding award) poses with other faculty and staff of the Howard Dayton School of Business.

Each year during Academic Convocation, a faculty member is selected to receive the Frances White Ewbank Excellence in Teaching Award, Asbury’s highest honor for teaching. This year’s award went to Dr. Kevin Brown, an assistant professor in the Howard Dayton School of Business.

“College was such a formative time in my life, and the people who invested in me shaped so much of who I was, how I thought and how I viewed things,” Brown said. “That’s really what I want to do as a professor, so the award is a confirmation that something is going right — there’s just something really full-circle about it. But I’m shocked and humbled at the same time.

“Academic Convocation is a time for recalibration — realizing that this is why we’re here. There’s something formal about it, but it should be formal in the sense that we’re reminding ourselves why we all participate and what we’re here to do. It’s a time to renew our motivation and our commitment.”